Skyrim Windhelm House
Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Content Type: Gaming News
Date: April 20, 2013

Skyrim Windhelm HouseWhen I was younger, my mother encouraged me to go into real estate (this was before the housing market cratered like a corrupt politician’s approval rating come election time). On the surface, it seemed like sound advice. After all, my cousin went into real estate and was making 4 to 5 grand a pop selling houses, while I was working odd jobs to pay my way through college. Trouble was, real estate didn’t interest me, and although the money was nice, I knew in my heart I’d never cut it and be a miserable failure. In fact, my sum knowledge of real estate could be boiled down to two axioms:

  1. Don’t  land on Boardwalk or Park Place if the other guy has hotels,
  2. Location, location, location

After my first visit to Windhelm in the Skyrim video game, I couldn’t help but think of this second axiom. At first I was excited to experience Windhelm. Lydia and I had been hoofing it overland, doing a little soul-farming when the ancient city came into view. From the outside, things seemed impressive enough, but my opinion of the city changed fast once we went inside.

In my humble opinion, the place is a Skeever-hole. I don’t know who the Windhelm city planner was, but he was either high on Skooma or crazy (probably both). The entire city is a dirty, warren-like maze of oppressive walls and buildings. You know there’s something wrong if you have to cast a Clairvoyance spell just to find your way around the place. I don’t know how the locals stand it.

And speaking of locals, have you ever seen such an unfriendly bunch? Most of the NPCs I encountered did nothing more than brag about how great the Nords were. The ones that weren’t bragging were treating the Dark Elves who live in the city like dirt. As far as I know, Windhelm is the only city in Skyrim with its very own ghetto. The Gray Quarter slum is nothing short of depressing. Sadly enough, Ulfric Stormcloak — the city’s Jarl and leader of the Stormcloak Rebellion — does jack-squat about it. The Nords are oppressed by the Imperials after all, so you’d figure the guy would have a little sympathy towards the Dark Elves and their plight. Instead of being a champion for the under dog however, Stormcloak is deaf to the ill treatment and poverty of the Dark Elves. It’s like the guy who gets yelled at by his boss for screwing up some financial report who then goes home to kick his dog. Yeah, some leader.

Windhelm is dirty, xenophobic, depressing and half-crazy — and these are the city’s good points. For 12,000 gold the Steward of Windhelm will sell you a house and you can live in the city. Remember my second real estate axiom, however: location, location, location. I for one wouldn’t pay 100 gold to live in Windhelm, I couldn’t wait to leave through the front gate and wash the stink of the place off me.

So what do you think? Is Windhelm really all that bad? What are your impressions of the city?

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Leto
Leto
7 years ago

To be honnest, I have the exact same opinion about this city as you have, only you described it better. 🙂

Shane Scarbrough
Shane Scarbrough
Reply to  Leto
7 years ago

Thanks for your comment, Leto! After two solid Skyrim playthroughs, Windhelm is still my least favorite city.

Pato
Pato
6 years ago

I quite agree with it, I admit Windhelm looks like a sort of a poor and dusty place. However it’s still a stronghold, massive walls from ancient times, and oldest city in Skyrim. I think, in an immersive way, the city looks exactly how it should: cold, rough. And that’s what I like about it. The only thing what I hate the most is the xenophobic attitude from most of nords living there.

Shane Scarbrough
Shane Scarbrough
Reply to  Pato
6 years ago

Thanks for your comment Pato! You bring up some excellent points about Windhelm, and perhaps my criticism is a tad too harsh. I still wouldn’t want to live there though 🙂

mark b
mark b
6 years ago

Hjerim has one of the best quests though. I also like the layout of the house especially the armory on the second floor. My only complaint is thag I cant get rid of the butchered remains and spattered blood.

john
john
Reply to  mark b
6 years ago

You can for 500 gold with the steward i think

Lyrker
Lyrker
4 years ago

Windhelm reminds me of Nightmare Before Christmas. Doesn’t help things that the kid who summons the Dark Brotherhood and a serial killer live there. Oh and when I showed up, it happened to be Tales and Tallows time on the Holidays mod – which meant there were Jack-o-lanterns everywhere too. No better first impression than arriving at night to a black maze of a city filled with leering faces.

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